Hemiskatsina, Home Dance Katsina, PM 45-25-10/28853
First Sa'lakwmana, PM 45-25-10/28825
Second Sa'lakwmana, Gift of Mary T. Hemenway, PM 45-25-10/28831
Katsinmana, PM 483-24-10/58865
Si'o Avatshoya, Zuni Corn Katsina, PM 45-25-10/28843
Hahay'iwuuti, Pour Water Woman, PM 45-25-10/28813
First Kuwanhehey´a, PM 45-25-10/28849
Second Kuwanhehey´a, PM 45-25-10/28850

Talangva is the summer season in July when all the previous katsina rituals and dances culminate in the Niman ceremony.

Shortly after the summer solstice, the sixteen-day Niman (or home-going) ceremony celebrates the departure of the katsinam to their spirit world in the San Francisco mountains. After eight days of sacred activities in the kivas, the katsinam perform a public dance. They enter the plaza at sunrise with their arms full of the first green corn stalks of the year, thus demonstrating that corn will be plentiful. They also bring presents, including dolls, for the children. Toward the end of the evening, they reenter the kiva, where an altar has been set up. There they dance for the last time and receive offerings. The father of the katsinam gives a farewell speech, thanking them for past favors and praying for their continued help. He then sprinkles them with corn meal and spreads corn meal on a path for them to follow to the west. The katsinam slowly leave to return to the gods with the Hopi's gifts and prayers.

Hemiskatsina, Home Dance Katsina

Hemiskatsinam, also called Nimankatsinam, perform the final katsina ceremony in July before they are sent home to the spirit world. Their headdresses represent cumulus clouds.


Sa´lakwmana is a Maiden katsina whose headdress represents clouds. With her brother, Sa´lakwtaqa, she appears during the Home Dance in midsummer when men are initiated into the religious societies.


Katsinmana, a Maiden, wears her hair in butterfly whorls, a traditional hairstyle of unmarried Hopi maidens. Katsinaman accompanies several male katsinam, including Ahöla and Nimankatsina, during the ceremonies.

Si'o Avatshoya, Zuni Corn Katsina

Si´o Avatshoya was introduced to Hopi a long time ago by the Zuni, who call him Nawisa. He is a member of the plant family. On First Mesa he appears most often at Pamuya with other katsinam who came from Zuni. He plays an important role by helping Hopi corn germinate and grow.

Hahay'iwuuti, Pour Water Woman

With Angwusnasomtaqa,Hahay´iwuuti is said to be the mother of all katsinam. She is also the mother of the Nata'aska katsinam and mother of dogs. In many ceremonies she plays the part of an alert grandmother. Her doll is often given to very young babies and captive eagles.


Kuwanhehey´a are colorful Hehey'a. They are friendly messengers. Their faces are painted with clouds on each cheek, and lightning and thunderbolts on their foreheads.

Pangwkatsina, Big-horn Sheep Katsina (no image)

Makkatsina (no image)

Sa'lakwtaqa (no image)